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The name Petit has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for a small person, or the smaller of two people with the same given name. Pettit derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word petit, meaning small.

Petit Early Origins



The surname Petit was first found in Kent. The Petet variant is most interesting. "This family are known to have flourished at Ardevors, co. Cornwall, as early as the time of Henry I., and to have had a succession of six knights. The name was anciently written De Petyt, and it must therefore be local." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Petit Spelling Variations


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Petit Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Petit were recorded, including Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.

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Petit Early History


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Petit Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petit research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Petit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Petit Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Petit, also known as Alexander de Balscot, (died 1400), an English-born, leading Irish cleric of the late fourteenth century, holding the offices of Bishop of Ossory, Bishop of Meath...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Petit In Ireland


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Petit In Ireland



Some of the Petit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Petit arrived in North America very early:

Petit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abraham Clement Petit, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Mary Petit, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Marguerite Petit, who arrived in South Carolina in 1680
  • Rene Petit, who landed in South Carolina in 1680

Petit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Josue Petit, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Noel Petit settled in Connaigre in 1710
  • Henry Petit who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Claude Antoine Petit, aged 25, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Henry Petit, aged 50, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Petit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Petit, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808
  • Berrard Petit, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Fermin Augusto Petit, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francisco Petit, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Louis Florial Petit, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Petit Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Myrtle Edna Thompson Petit, who arrived in Alabama in 1929

Petit Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Nicolas Petit, who landed in Canada in 1649
  • Nicolas Petit settled in Beauchemir, Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France near Bordeaux in 1656
  • Pierre Petit, who arrived in Quebec in 1658
  • Gaspard and Alexandre Petit settled in Quebec in 1687 also from Aunis

Petit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Petit arrived in Quebec from Guyenne in 1727
  • Louis Petit arrived in Quebec from Saintonge near Bordeaux in 1729
  • Antoine Petit, who arrived in Canada in 1737
  • Pierre Petit arrived in Quebec from Brittany in 1761
  • Mr. Isaac Petit U.E. who settled in Sissiboo [Digby], Dibgy County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 listed on Muster Roll at Gulliver's Hole, St. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Petit Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Petit settled in St. Jacques in 1856

Petit Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jaques Petit arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Petit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Petit (post 1700)



  • Gene Petit (d. 2013), American professional wrestler, member of the board of directors for the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Jean Martin Petit, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Claude Petit, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Charles Frederic Petit, French Olympian who two bronze medals for archery at the 1900 games
  • Alexis Thérèse Petit (1791-1820), French physicist
  • Jean-Pierre Petit (b. 1937), French astrophysicist
  • Pierre Lanith Petit (1832-1909), French photographer
  • Roland Petit (1924-2011), French choreographer and dancer of the Ballet de Paris

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Petit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petit Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 8 April 2016 at 11:12.

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